Is There an Issue With Kristine Anigwe?



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Having watched the substitution pattern in the two Sun games (against the Liberty and then the Dallas Wings) in the last couple of days, I am extremely puzzled and a bit concerned with their use of their #1 pick, Kristine Anigwe. In both games, she was used very sparingly despite not appearing to be injured. In both games, the team's 2nd round draft picks entered the game earlier and played more minutes than Anigwe.

Given the lack of jubilation that she showed when she was drafted by the Sun, this has me thinking that maybe she has told the Sun's management that she does not wish to play in Connecticut and that she wants to be traded. And maybe they are minimizing her minutes so as not to risk an injury which would lower her value in a trade.

I hope that Kelli Stacy or someone else digs into this a little bit further to determine if there is really an issue here.
 
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I thought I heard reports from the BY that she was not having a good preseason when she played. Nerves, mistakes etc. I think with my liberty, Asia Durr is a bit in that category although she is getting the playing time to work through it.

If she wants to leave a situation, the last thing the team or the player wants to do is put them on the bench and not show off her skills.
 

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Having watched the substitution pattern in the two Sun games (against the Liberty and then the Dallas Wings) in the last couple of days, I am extremely puzzled and a bit concerned with their use of their #1 pick, Kristine Anigwe. In both games, she was used very sparingly despite not appearing to be injured. In both games, the team's 2nd round draft picks entered the game earlier and played more minutes than Anigwe.

Given the lack of jubilation that she showed when she was drafted by the Sun, this has me thinking that maybe she has told the Sun's management that she does not wish to play in Connecticut and that she wants to be traded. And maybe they are minimizing her minutes so as not to risk an injury which would lower her value in a trade.

I hope that Kelli Stacy or someone else digs into this a little bit further to determine if there is really an issue here.
If I had to guess, they know Anigwe is making the roster. They want to get a better look at the 2nd round picks so they can figure out who to keep and who they might cut.

Still, it doesn't look like they are lining her up for a big role right away.
 
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If I had to guess, they know Anigwe is making the roster. They want to get a better look at the 2nd round picks so they can figure out who to keep and who they might cut.

Still, it doesn't look like they are lining her up for a big role right away.
The Sun only play 3 preseason games, the last being on Sunday May 19. Your observations are probably correct.

Uncasville, Conn. (May 7, 2019) – The Connecticut Sun announced today that Brianna Kiesel and Ariel Edwards have been waived. As of this writing, the Sun's roster is down to 15 players. They have that last preseason game to look at those players on the bubble. All teams have to cut their final regular season roster down to 12 players by Thursday May 23. The regular season begins the next day on the 24th.
 
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Players often pick up bad habits at a certain level that bits them at the next. Anigwe played a lot of minutes for Cal. This necessitated her having to pace herself. She would often disappear a quarter at a time. At the pro level, she has to hit the court running whenever she gets in. She is no longer the star who will get her minutes no matter what. She might need to learn to crank up the intensity and keep it there for as long as she is on the court.
 

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In my biased view, I had always thought she was over-rated without the serious skills required to match the same size type players with the skills. Her mid-range is suspect as is her full game running. Maybe our PAC12 brethren can offer some other compelling evidence for me to only "dislike her" vs. my current perspective of "extremely dislike"...naw, on second thought, I doubt it. :D
 
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In my biased view, I had always thought she was over-rated without the serious skills required to match the same size type players with the skills. Her mid-range is suspect as is her full game running. Maybe our PAC12 brethren can offer some other compelling evidence for me to only "dislike her" vs. my current perspective of "extremely dislike"...naw, on second thought, I doubt it. :D
Why do you "extremely dislike" her?
 
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In my biased view, I had always thought she was over-rated without the serious skills required to match the same size type players with the skills. Her mid-range is suspect as is her full game running. Maybe our PAC12 brethren can offer some other compelling evidence for me to only "dislike her" vs. my current perspective of "extremely dislike"...naw, on second thought, I doubt it. :D

If I remember correctly, Geno was double-teaming her for the whole first half of the Cal game. When they didn't she was able to out muscle Collier. So she's probably not that over-rated.
 

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